Austria Passes Mandatory Dog Insurance
Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005
Ouch! Viennese city authorities are putting the bite on the Austrian capital city's new dog owners starting next week.
From Jan. 1, liability insurance will be mandatory for Vienna's dog owners for pets born after that date under new city laws.
Policies must have minimum coverage of euro725,000 (US$864,000.) They are meant to pay for legal, hospital or other costs arising from damage or injury caused by the animals.
Those caught without insurance could be forced to pay fines up to euro3,500 - more than US$4,000.
Submitted by Hans